I truly wish I knew then, what I know now, about the opposition you will face when you begin to rise. In school, we are taught that if we apply ourselves fully, that success is inevitable. What we are not told is that the success will bring forth opposition as you’ve never experienced before. Enough opposition to make you wish, sometimes, that you were not successful, to begin with.
Jesus as a carpenter didn’t run afoul with the law. But the moment he started healing the sick, teaching with authority, and drawing large crowds, the Pharisees would not let him be. They tried to suffocate him. Extinguish him even, but ended up making him the Greatest of All Time (GOAT). Occasionally, Jesus would hit back, calling them hypocrites. Other times he was quiet, like when he was falsely accused in the Sanhedrin. Here are lessons we can learn from Jesus as to how he handled opposition.
- The opposition, especially when fierce and unrelenting, is proof that you are doing something right. Choose to be thankful and don’t stop. Work even harder.
- Retreat often to remind yourself of the big picture. Jesus did this often. He knew he came to earth to give sight to the blind, and save souls – not fight petty battles.
- Ignore the opposition for the most part, unless it comes too close, and then you will have to respond, for psychological reasons.
There you have it. Short, simple, and easy to memorize. I hope this is helpful to you? Scripture admonishes that:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. – John 16:33
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